Today’s Republican reports that the number of homeless families in motels is decreasing.  Click here for the story.

From the article:

State statistics show the number of homeless families living in motels across Massachusetts has declined over the past two months, but it is still costing close to $2 million a month to provide them places to live.

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“I think we are moving the system in a positive direction to provide resources to families and stabilizing housing for them,” Robert I. Pulster, associate director of housing stabilization for the state Department of Housing & Community Development, told the Sunday Republican this week.

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The number of homeless families statewide who are being housed in motels dropped to 836 as of April 7, according to figures provided by Pulster’s agency. At its peak in November 2009, 1078 families were in motels across the state.

He said that represents a 22 percent reduction, and the monthly cost to the state has dropped from about $2.3 million to just under $2 million.

The article also highlights our upcoming local event: “Ending Homelessness in Western Massachusetts: A Progress Report,” April 26, 9:30 to 11 am, at Holyoke Community College.  If you haven’t already done so, remember to register at westernmasshousingfirst@gmail.com.

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